R.I.P. SPC Baez, SGT Osmolski, SGT Van Orman

February 07, 2008

DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Feb. 5 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered in Al Muqdadiyah when they encountered an improvised explosive device during combat operations.
Killed were:
Spc. Miguel A. Baez, 32, of Bonaire, Ga., who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Sgt. John C. Osmolski, 23, of Eustis, Fla., who was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Sgt. Timothy R. Van Orman, 24, of Port Matilda, Pa., who was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.


  1. Sgt John C. Osmolski was my boyfriend. The news of his death has left his family and I DEVASTATED. Thank you for caring enough to post this information on your website. I googled his name to find anymore information on his death and your site was the first thing that came up.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family. I’m so sorry to read about the loss.
    Every single time I post a new blog entry here about fallen heroes, my heart aches a little bit.

    I send out my condolences to you and his family.

  3. John was a vivacious, fun-loving yet serious young man who brought laughter and joy wherever he went. He had deep convictions regarding life and death. He loved the Lord God Almighty, and had come into a personal relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Our family loved him deeply, and will miss him for now. Those of us that have trusted in Jesus Christ will see him again, and we look forward to the day when we will laugh and dance with him in Heaven.

  4. And he will wait for y’all patiently until your times is up. Just don’t rush into it.

  5. Tim was a good friend of mine in high school. My heart goes out to Tonya, Mike, Kelly, Cadie and his daughter. I’m so sorry for you loss.

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